Chocolate ~ a favorite for the month of February.  Can we actually benefit from this wonderful treat?  According to Medical News Today the answer is yes!   The article states: The potential benefits of eating chocolate are said to include: lowering cholesterol levels, preventing cognitive decline, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Of course there is chocolate and then there is dark chocolate ~

Dark chocolate has a higher proportion of flavanols than milk chocolate and a higher percentage of cacao (cocoa) means a higher amount of favanols.  I discovered some interesting facts about chocolate that I wanted to share with you ~ the site that I highlighted also has the best and worst brands if you want to check it out….

A true dark chocolate will never have sugar listed first in the ingredients. It should always be below the cocoa ingredients.

It should also list as many of the following points:

  • 100% Organic
    Note that “organic” does not equal 100% organic (confusing!).
  • Fair Trade
  • > 70% cocoa
  • Not processed with alkali

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